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Celtic got their season back on track
with a 2--1 win over Aberdeen at Parkhead,
but not without making their fans sweat a
Ronny Deila's side went into the game
without a win in four and having been
knocked out of the Champions League
After defender Jason Denayer gave the
home side the lead in the seventh minute,
albeit with a fortuitous goal, and Kris
Commons made it two with a deflected
shot seconds after the break, it looked like
the Hoops would cruise to victory.
However, Dons striker David
Goodwillie reduced the deficit just after
the hour mark to make it a nervy ending,
with the cheers from the home fans at
the final whistle carrying a fair measure
Inverness saw their month-long run as
leaders come to a crashing halt as Patrick
Thistle dished out their first league defeat
of the season.
The Jags could even afford to see Kris
Doolan miss his last-minute penalty as
their victory now hands top spot to
Hamilton, who move above John Hughes'
side on goal difference after their 2--2
draw with Dundee United.
Unbeaten Dundee continued their
excellent start to life in the Scottish
Premiership with a deserved 1--0 victory
over St Johnstone.
SMARTT emerged the
player of the match
after claiming 5--24 to
guide West Indies
women s team to a
five-wicket victory and
a 1--0 lead in the four-
match One-Day Inter-
national series against
New Zealand in St
Kitts on Friday.
"The team was
built in a way where
we were waiting for a
certain type of striker.
I think now every-
body knows Chelsea
did the right thing
waiting for him."
JOSE MOURINHO on
Diego Costa, who
scored a hat-trick in
Chelsea s 4--2 win over
(Ext: 2213, 2711,
Nothing but a three-point haul is
expected by head coach Derek King
from T&T s Under-20 men s team,
which will seal qualification for the
Concacaf final round of the World
Cup qualifiers today, with a win over
Curacao when both teams meet in
their second Group B fixture at the
Caribbean Football Union s (CFU) U-
This will be at the Hasely Crawford
Stadium in Port-of-Spain from 6.15
pm, following Cuba s match against
Suriname at 4 pm.
Granted the T&T players settle quick-
er than they did in their 2--1 win over
Suriname at the same venue on Friday
night, the objective of reaching the
Concacaf stage may be secured today
with the support of a full-strength line-
up and with the return of winger Levi
Garcia. Garcia s notable absence was
caused by a strained hamstring which
he suffered in training two days prior.
Curacao, meanwhile, is expected to
come out with all guns blazing as it
will be seeking its first points of the
tournament after suffering a 1--0 defeat
to Cuba in the opening match on Fri-
Although the ratio of possession may
have suggested otherwise, the start to
T&T s campaign witnessed a less-than-
stellar first half performance. But, as
they settled in after the halftime, the
score read 1--1, and with a reshuffle in
midfield by King within eight minutes
of the resumption, T&T looked the
favourite for the win.
Thankfully, T&T managed to claim
full points with the positive introduction
of Aikim Andrews and Jabari Mitchell,
who linked up to execute the winning
goal in the 76 minute.
When Andrews entered the contest,
after Akeem Garcia was substituted in
the 62nd minute, he made good use of
the flank and played his way behind
the Surinamese defence to create a
handful of half chances.
The chance that counted most was
when Andrews made a surge on the
left side toward goal, stopping short
just outside the box before cleverly
choosing Mitchell with a direct back-
ward diagonal pass, who then slammed
home the winner.
It was far from an easy win for the
T&T team which had to face the wrath
of a few nearly brutal challenges from
several Surinamese players.
"We need to work on our discipline
and organisation. We were really under-
par. But we will continue to work on
our ball movement and improve," King
said in the post-match media confer-
ence saying that win was most impor-
Earlier, Suriname started more con-
fident and made its first real attack count
when an aerial ball over the T&T defence,
completely mistimed by centre-back
Jesus Perez, found the feet of an onrush-
ing Orveo Faerber, who placed a well-
weighted lobbed shot over the head of
T&T custodian Johan Welch, despite the
latter getting a touch of the ball.
T&T, however, was by no means sec-
ond best to Suriname during any
lengthy interval, and scored a deserved
equaliser in the 27th minute via a well-
placed and powerful penalty from
Andrew Fortune. Garcia won the penal-
ty after his trickery drew two Suriname
defenders into a clear barge on him.
There was no cries of objection from
Following the visiting team s early
goal, the visitors never really put Welch
to the test. Attempts to sift into T&T s
penalty box were broken down, while
their best chances, albeit not quite wor-
rying, came through shots from a dis-
For T&T, Kadeem Corbin enjoyed a
few attempts on and off target, while
Kishun Seecharan also helped create
some half chances, which too were bro-
ken down without much menace to
Suriname s goalkeeper. Seecharan
showed class on the corner kick oppor-
tunities, creating one particular chance
for Neveal Hackshaw, who rose high
for a header which was cleared off the
line, less than two minutes after Suri-
name scored its goal.
T&T again had a chance to level the
score prior to Fortune s penalty, when
the same player cleverly turned on a
defender and beat two more before
shooting over bar in the 16th minute.
"There are some areas in which we
didn t play according to plan and we ll
have to raise our level for the upcoming
matches," said King.
T&T will meet Cuba tomorrow in
its final Group A match.
Celtic ends 4-game winless run
T&T U-20s go for
six points vs Curacao
...edges Suriname in opener
T&T midfielder Akeem Garcia, front, is hacked down by his opposite number
Jesron Fer of Suriname during both teams' first match at the CFU Under-20
Championship, at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Port-of-Spain, on Friday night.
The Group A fixture ended 2--1 in favour of T&T. PHOTO: ANTHONY HARRIS
T&T: Johan Welch, Shannon Gomez,
Martieon Watson, Jesus Perez,
Maurice Ford, Kevon Goddard, Akeem
Garcia (Aikim Andrews 62nd), Neveal
Hackshaw, Kadeem Corbin (Akeem
Humphrey 81st), Andre Fortune (Jabari
Mitchell 53rd), Kishun Seecharan.
Unused subs: Josiah Trimmingham,
Matthew Woo Ling, Kion Joseph,
Nicholas Dillon, Javon Sample.
Suriname: Gordon Wilsterman, Finida
Nijda (Chagamire Boldwijn 80th), Urvin
Adenie, Nigel Zandveld, Ervin Slagveer
(Rejerdo Naana 69th), Roxey Jesron
Fer (Giovanni Asoman 66th), Orveo
Faerber, Sorencio Juliaans Juliaans,
Rayer Gregor, Joel Khoen Khoen, Sergio
Unused subs: Sjoerd Donner, Emilio
Grando, Jonathan Sastra, Joel Caupain.
Friday - Group A
Cuba 1 (Eddy Saname 50th) vs
T&T 2 (Andre Fortune 27th, Jabari
Mitchell 76th) vs Suriname 1 (Orveo
Yesterday - Group B
Haiti 2 vs Dominican Republic 1
Today - Group A - Hasely Crawford
Cuba vs Suriname, 4 pm
T&T vs Curacao, 6.15 pm
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